Lebanese forces fire at Syria jets

First time in three year old conflict Lebanese military have taken action

Forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad run during clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters in the Alleramoun labs area of Aleppo yesterday. Lebanese forces  fired on Syrian aircraft today that violated the country’s airspace, security officials said.  Photograph: Reuters

Forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad run during clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters in the Alleramoun labs area of Aleppo yesterday. Lebanese forces fired on Syrian aircraft today that violated the country’s airspace, security officials said. Photograph: Reuters

Mon, Dec 30, 2013, 13:57

Lebanese forces have fired on Syrian aircraft that violated the country’s airspace, security officials said.

It was the first time since the outbreak of Syria’s conflict three years ago that the Lebanese military had taken action to prevent Syrian warplanes from violating its airspace.

Syrian forces have fired towards Lebanon in the past, trying to deter rebels from fleeing to the neighbouring country or from sheltering in Lebanese border towns.

The Lebanese military opened anti-aircraft fire at two Syrian warplanes after the aircraft bombed a border area close to the eastern Lebanese town of Arsal, officials said.

There was no immediate comment from the Lebanese military or the Syrian government.

Agencies